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|1. Public Enemy No. 1|
|2. You're Gonna Get Yours|
|3. Rebel Without A Pause|
|4. Prophets Of Rage|
|5. Bring The Noise|
|6. Don't Believe The Hype|
|7. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos|
|8. Fight The Power|
|9. Welcome To The Terrordome|
|10. 911 Is A Joke|
|11. Brothers Gonna Work It Out|
|12. Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man|
|13. Can't Truss It|
|14. Shut 'Em Down|
|15. By The Time I Get To Arizona|
|16. Hazy Shade Of Criminal|
|17. Give It Up|
|18. He Got Game|
Public Enemy are seen as one of the most important bands not just in hip-hop, but in music. They revolutionised the hip-hop sound in the late 1980s and brought music back from disposable, image-obsessed pop with a musical force designed to return meaning and politics to popular culture. With a tracklisting approved by Chuck D, this is the first album to collect together their fiercest lyrics, their huge "Bomb Squad" sounds, and their most powerful beats.
Back when Public Enemy were shooting holes in the template, hip hop was already beginning to fracture as Bronx rapper KRS One traded insults with Queens resident MC Shan. But PE's agenda travelled beyond petty territorialism. Their look and sound was without precedent. It wouldchangethe face of music in the late twentieth century.
British rock critics hearing white noise and anger, knee-jerked their Punk Rock eulogies but Chuck D(aided by his comic foil Flava Flav) had too much to say to fit in that bracket.
The impact of their second album, It Takes A Nation Of Millions... , is still to be fully realised within hip hop. It made black politics iconic and inspirational to the dispossessed of the nation,and it did it with a soundtrack that reconfigured black music's past into a maximum velocity present.
Producers the Bomb Squad looped funk, jazz, soul, rock - and anything else they could lay their hands on - into a wall of sound that found its natural home way up in the red. Into it, Chuck D's proselytising lyricalbarrage merged to form the greatest hip hop act of all time.
Almost everything here is of the highest grade, but for me the pummelling "Welcome To The Terrordome" - the lead-off single from their third album - sounds like the most exciting five minutes ever committed to wax. It's so fierce that it makes the hip hop that followed sound just a little less significant than you thought.
As a summary of a modern musical giant, this album is essential. --James Poletti
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Al ost anything you need from the best rap band ever, but for some excellent tracks from How to sell your soul. But start from this collection and then decide if you want to go on. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elleppi
This album was for my husband's birthday and he has rated it 4 and a 1/2, rather than 5 because some stuff is missing but he has otherwise been enjoying the music and the memories... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Frenchie
Great stuff and brought back memories of good times. Bought this as a present for my 12 year old nephew to show him it is not all about hoes and sex and show him what RAP can... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Hildegund
It would not play. I tried it in two different computers and neither of them would even acknowledge there was a disc in the drive. Read morePublished 14 months ago by R. Ramsay
Fantastic selection of songs to take you back and ready for the gig in a couple of weeks time! Fight the Power!!Published 16 months ago by elizabethsdown